Issue 60 - March/April 2012

Adding compost to tea bag

How to make compost tea

July 2013

In the March/April 2012 issue of Organic Gardener magazine, SIMON WEBSTER investigates how to make a successful brew of compost tea: the essence of organic farming and gardening. Plus he provides a step-by-step guide to building your own brewer.

State of play

July 2012

KYLIE McGREGOR looks at the importance of outdoor play and why children should be swapping screen time for ‘green’ time.

Recent research shows that our children are spending dramatically less time outdoors than previous generations and suffering what one expert has dubbed “nature-deficit disorder”.

Why Kids Need Nature

April 2012

KYLIE McGREGOR looks at the importance of outdoor play and why children should be swapping screen time for ‘green’ time.

Yield ahead!

April 2012

From bottling to drying, PHIL DUDMAN and JULIE RAY give the lowdown on harvesting and preserving your bumper crops to create a year’s supply of gourmet goodies.

Graham and Annemarie Brookman in their market garden at The Food Forest.

Permaculture Providers

April 2012

Annemarie and Graham Brookman have spent 30 years creating a remarkable permaculture property near the Barossa Valley that produces more than 160 varieties of fruit, vegetables and nuts, and provides a working model for sustainable living, writes SIMON WEBSTER.

Heartsease (Viola tricolour) has a long history of use in herbal medicine.

Heartsease

March 2012

Viola tricolor; Commonly known as ‘heartsease’ or ‘Johnny-jump-up’, Viola tricolor is a cheery little annual guaranteed to brighten up the bleakest winter’s day.

Once figs are picked, they stop ripening and need to be eaten or preserved as soon as possible.

Fabulous figs

March 2012

Fresh figs are hard to find at markets and grocers, making them an ideal fruit tree for home gardens, says PENNY WOOWARD.

Turnips & Parsnips

March 2012

PETER CUNDALL says easy-to-grow ‘old-fashioned’ turnips and parsnips are back in vogue with their distinctive flavours and textures.